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Windows 7: 4 channel Freeview HD pci-e card

25 May 2012   #1
3D Jed

Windows 7 pro x64 SP1
 
 
4 channel Freeview HD pci-e card

Info for UK Freeview users -

Just treated myself to this 4 channel Freeview HD card

BGT3650 - BlackGold

Currently in x16 pci-e slot on Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R with i7-930 + Windows 7 Ultimate x64.

Had it a few days and ain't seen one bad pixel (macroblocking) not even on SD mux's that had previously given me problems with older cards.

It's not cheap - 170 GBP - but I am impressed.

>> put the following words together to make a well known phrase -

* sense * money * than * more *

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25 May 2012   #2
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

How about sense more than money? Money sense than more? Oh, you mean more money than sense!

Seriously though, I take it the 4 channels are BBC1, ITV1, Channel 4 and BBC HD?

Do you get the non-HD channels as well?

I might just splurge out on one as I use a 24-inch display that would do justice to HD resolution.
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25 May 2012   #3
3D Jed

Windows 7 pro x64 SP1
 
 

Seavixen32 - yep 4 HD plus all the SD channels.

Jed, Manchester
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25 May 2012   #4
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Cheers Jed. Like an idiot I never thought to click the link you posted, which had loads of information.

I'm seriously considering buying one now, so thanks for the info.
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25 May 2012   #5
3D Jed

Windows 7 pro x64 SP1
 
 

see pic

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got my card from Scan

http://www.scan.co.uk/


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25 May 2012   #6
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

OK, thanks for that.
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17 Jul 2012   #7
100thIdiot

Win7 (WMC), Win8 (laptop), Win7 (PC)
 
 

**Due to unprecidented demand, the current shipment date of this product may take up to 10 days from confirmation of payment.**

Bummed!
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17 Jul 2012   #8
3D Jed

Windows 7 pro x64 SP1
 
 

I am quite happy with these tuner cards, but a few words of advice -

I have used both the 2 and 4 tuner cards from Blackgold and they exhibit the same occasional problem of losing a tuner. On the quad - when recording say 3 channels and then going to watch a 4th, the media center message 'no tuner available' might appear (note - this does not always happen). Sometimes this can be fixed by selecting another channel, then re-selecting the channel you want to watch and everything is o.k. Sometimes this does not work.

There is a 'fix' on the website, but this only works up to a point. Re-tuning media center sorts it til next time, but as I said, the problem comes and goes

Having said that, the cards work very well in the UK with SD + HD. Other pci-e cards I have used (e.g. Compro) have shown random pixelation but all channels are good with the BG cards.

I can put up with a few niggles with these cards because the picture is excellent.
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20 Jul 2012   #9
100thIdiot

Win7 (WMC), Win8 (laptop), Win7 (PC)
 
 

I hope it doesn't give me too much trouble. I'm quite new to this MC malarkey, but am really impressed with it so far. I cant believe Microsoft are actually killing it. Having actually used it, its a really impressive bit of software. Instead of killing it off they should be putting some effect into making people aware of it and what it can do. I'm sure most people would be as impressed as I am if they actually knew what it can do.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to receiving my BG card so I can receive the HD channels and eliminate the bottleneck of only having a single tuner. 4 tuners might be overkill but it'll be nice knowing I'll always be able to watch or record everything I like.
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20 Jul 2012   #10
3D Jed

Windows 7 pro x64 SP1
 
 

If your spec is correct and you have old CRT's, I'd suggest upgrading to a widescreen 1920 x 1080 px monitor to get the full benefit of the BG HD card (and a remote !)
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